GOURNEY, Thomas (by 1529-74), of Townstall, Dartmouth, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. by 1529, ?of Gurneys of Keswick, Norf.; ?uncle of Sir Richard Gurney, ld. mayor of London 1641-2. m. Thomasin, 1s. 1da.

Offices Held

2nd bailiff, Dartmouth 1552-3, mayor 1557-8.


When Gourney was mayor it fell to his lot to interrogate a Spaniard arrested at Dartmouth by one Reynolds, a servant of the vice-admiral of Devon. Following a dispute between Gourney and Reynolds, the latter was put in irons in the town gaol. Depositions were taken by the 2nd Earl of Bedford and the matter was settled only in 1562. Gourney died in 1574, administration of his goods being granted to his wife. Nothing has been ascertained about any activities by Gourney in any of his Parliaments.

Vivian, Vis. Devon, 433; Roberts thesis; Devon RO, Tingey 934; E134/28, 29 Eliz.; Req. 2/21/95; Exeter city mun. DD61409, 61414A, 61415, 61418B, 61420; PCC admon. act bk. 1574, f. 59v.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: P. W. Hasler


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.